Candidates for St. Paul City Council Ward 4 seat to participate in Oct. 21 voters' forum at St. Thomas

Candidates for St. Paul City Council Ward 4 seat to participate in Oct. 21 voters’ forum at St. Thomas

The two candidates for the Ward 4 seat on the St. Paul City Council will participate in a voters’ forum on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the University of St. Thomas.

Russ Stark and Terrance Bushard received the most votes in the Sept. 11 primary and advanced to the Nov. 6 general election to succeed Jay Benanav, who has represented Ward 4 since 1998 and chose not to seek re-election.

The forum will be at 7:30 p.m. in 3M Auditorium in Owens Science Hall on the university’s south campus. People can park in any of the lots near Owens, which is on the northwest corner of Grand and Cretin avenues. A reception will follow.

The hourlong forum is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government at St. Thomas and the West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from St. Thomas and four neighborhood organizations.

Stark works for University United, a nonprofit coalition of residents and businesses that promotes transit-oriented development along University Avenue. He is a political science graduate of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and lives in the Hamline-Midway area.

Bushard has worked in the printing business since 1983 and is a printing services broker. He is a business graduate of the University of Minnesota and lives in Merriam Park.

Dane Smith, president of Growth and Justice, a progressive issues think tank based in St. Paul, will moderate the debate. Smith was a government and political reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press for nearly three decades before leaving the Star Tribune earlier this year.

For further information about the forum, call Doug Hennes, (651)962-6402, at St. Thomas.